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The government has been criticised for repeating a previous policy announcement on broadband investment.

The Treasury's £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which is designed to unlock over £1 billion for full-fibre broadband across the UK, went live this week.

However, Labour has questioned the government's latest announcement on the scheme, pointing out that the same cash was announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement in November last year, and again in the Spring Budget in March.

Louise Haigh, the Shadow Digital Economy Minister, believes this shows a lack of new policy thinking in government.

Speaking to the Independent, she said: "This shows the paucity of the government’s strategy and vision for digital infrastructure in this country that they’ve had to re-announce the same policy three times."

"Businesses and individuals across the country are dependent on reliable internet, and the government’s lack of progress is undeniably holding the economy back."

Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, believes the government's £400 million investment will ensure the UK's digital infrastructure is "match-fit for the future".

"Gone will be the days where parents working from home see their emails grind to a halt while a family member is gaming or streaming Game of Thrones in the next room," he said.

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